Advent is meant to prepare us for the coming of Christ, but here is the basic spiritual problem: We won’t be able to appreciate Jesus unless and until we know how much we need him. We won’t appreciate Jesus’ arrival unless we can feel in our bones how much we need him. If “I’m okay and your okay,” as our culture teaches us in a million ways, then we don’t need a savior.
New King for a New Kingdom - Daily Reflections for Advent - Fr. Robert Barron
Why didn’t I see this a year ago from hastyconservative? This is spot on.
If the Atlanta Braves move to a new stadium in Cobb County, tens of thousands of fans will get to the 81 home games by using I-285, I-75, Cobb Parkway and other already congested roads.
I-75 through Cobb County is one of the busiest corridors in the metro Atlanta region … Even before the new…
Boo on the Braves for abandoning Turner Field and downtown Atlanta.
No, boo for the Braves relocating within 2 miles of my house. My commute time on game days will be horrendous.
I definitely would consider myself more catholic than reformed.
I’m still amazed when someone objects to something as too “catholic”. Then again, I object to things as “too Baptist” or “too Nondenominational”.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, guide, we beseech thee, the Nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Let them know what you want from the next presiding bishop. I asked for a better administrator who will bring back traditional worship and values.
Here’s Dreher’s take: In this sense, the Church has not conquered America, says Hauerwas; America has conquered the Church. The only churches that will survive are those that hold on to their own story, the one they didn’t choose, but rather receive — even though it puts them in fundamental opposition to mainstream American culture.
Last Sunday, Pope Francis addressed the worsening situation of Christians in Egypt. Reiterating a point made somewhat differently by his predecessor, he said: “The word of the Gospel does not authorize the use of force to spread the faith. It is ‘just the opposite: the true strength of the Christian is the power of truth and love, which leads to the renunciation of all violence.’ Faith and violence are incompatible.”
This restatement of Benedict XVI’s indirect criticism of militant Islam is also, of course, an indictment of the violence done through the ages in the name of the Church Catholic. The Pope felt it incumbent to expound on one of the passages from Sunday’s liturgy, Luke 12:51-53:
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And just what did Jesus mean by that? the Pope asked. “It means that faith is not something decorative, or ornamental; it is not there to decorate your life with a little ‘religion.’” No: faith, said Pope Francis, involves choosing God as the center of one’s life. He added that God is not empty, he is not neutral, God is love.
“Jesus,” continued Pope Francis, “does not want to divide people from each other, on the contrary, Jesus is our peace. But he lays down the criterion: live for oneself, or live for God.”
Pathology indeed. We as a society are loosing all sense of identity and purpose… Pursuing identity and purpose.